One of the most frequently used “power verses” in the Word of God is this: “Have faith in God. For truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:22-24) Have you ever stood in faith on that Scripture? I have, plenty of times! The Word of the Lord always proves true when we 1) seek Him for His will in our lives and our circumstances and then 2) stand in agreement with His will. Our agreement with His Word is where the real power is!
Not every mountain that needs to move is one that is standing outside of ourselves. Sometimes, the biggest mountains are on the inside.
But as you stand in faith and speak to your mountain, consider this: Are you that mountain that needs to move? We all cry out to God to change things in our lives, or in our situations, our relationships, our hearts- but are we ready to move in forgiveness? Are we ready to move bitterness out of the way? Are we ready to move and reach out to bridge the gap of anger and resentment, even when we did nothing wrong? Are we prepared to move and take the first step of humility before someone else does? Not every mountain that needs to move is one that is standing outside of ourselves. Sometimes, the biggest mountains are on the inside and we get in the way of what God is trying to do and we cry to the Lord and wonder why things don’t change. Maybe what we aren’t seeing is that it is us whom He is trying to move! Honestly, if God can move you, He really can move anything!
This is why worship is such a powerful force in the life of the believer- true worship, not me-centered, God-ish, songs of empowerment or anthems to self with God themes. There’s a difference!! Worship is exclusively God-centered in every way. That’s where the power is– when you remove your mind off of yourself and place it intentionally and firmly on the greatness and exaltation of God, regardless of how you feel. David wrote, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2) This is why you need worship! God doesn’t need your worship- you need it – to remind yourself that your help doesn’t come from yourself. If you need a mountain to move, consider that part of the miracle and answer to your prayers may be the Lord trying to move you.
Thought for today
“…Jesus rebuked the demon, and he came out of him. And the child was healed instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘Why could we not cast him out?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief. For truly I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. And nothing will be impossible for you.'”(Matt. 17:18-20)
Remember, the Lord isn’t going to move mountains He gave you the spiritual authority to move. You have the power of Jesus’ name – and that is enough! It’s not a matter of your lack of faith (and if it is, seek the Lord in His Word and ask another Christian to help you!) – even weak faith is still faith! If the mountain isn’t moving, ask the Lord if He needs you to move. Believe me when I say that reaching out in forgiveness to the person who hurt you will feel like moving a mountain inside of yourself. Showing self-control when everything in you wants something so badly will be a mountain in your life. Extending mercy to the person who took advantage of you, or rejected you will feel like climbing a mountain in your emotions. Knowing that someone hates you or misrepresents you or gossips about you and showing them love will be a mountain that needs to move. Have faith in the Lord, He wants the mountain to move too- and He gave you the power to do it!